Quality of iMac display VS. dedicated Apple Cinema Display?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kat.hayes, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    How is the quality of the iMac display for reproducing colors and blacks when compared to a dedicated Apple Cinema Display?

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  2. macrumors G3

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    Pretty sure they are both going to be exactly the same. The most important think is to make sure whichever route you go for get a decent calibrator. Either that or get a dedicated screen from Eizo or NEC. They come with matt screens and the CG or Spectraview models come with calibration software. Are you a photographer or designer?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    1. I work with Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere.

    2. How do you get a dedicated screen to use with an iMac? Or am I misunderstanding?

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  4. macrumors G3

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    The NEC ships with a HDMI to thunderbolt cable and will work with the iMac just fine. I think you have to pick up an adaptor to use the Eizo but it's not that much.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does this act as a second display where you can drag items from one to the other, or does it just mirror what is on the iMac display?

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  6. macrumors 603

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    The new lamination process for the new iMacs means they're actually better than the older Cinema Display/Thunderbolt displays. I expect we'll see updated Thunderbolt displays at some point.
     
  7. macrumors G3

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    Like this I believe. You can set it up to mirror (I think) But that would be a strange workflow.

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    Most likely with the release of the new MacPro around September. I'd expect a 4k panel based on the Mavericks desktop resolution.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    You have both options: you can mirror your iMac display or use it as a secondary display (extended mode). You can even make it your default display (with the menu bar and dock on it).


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  9. macrumors 6502

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    I think that they'll split their display lines. The new MBA only supports up to 2500px, which perfectly fits the current Thunderbolt Display. The new Mac Pro will support 4K and I expect that the next 15" MBP will do as well.

    So I doubt that they'll dump the Thunderbolt Display and leave the MBAs behind with no external display solution.

    My guess is that we'll see an updated TD in the new iMac's design, using the same display technology. And a new Cinema Display with 4K for the pros. At a ridiculous price, though.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    There is a minor difference in depth since the display has a glass plate....
     

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